New (to me) Minnesota S

Old 04-12-2021, 04:54 PM
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Hi all!

I'm new here but just picked up a very nice Minnesota model S treadle machine. It has its share of problems (broken casting, cabinet drawers are pretty beat) but free always has a nice ring to it.

Still figuring out how to get pictures posted, but I know that this was a house brand for Sears and most likely made by Davis in the early 1910's. I also know that these were copies of Singer machines. What I can't figure out is if Singer parts can be used on a Davis machine. Can it be done? Has it been tried? Please let me know! Thanks in advance.

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Welcome, Scott. Hopefully, jlhmnj will be along and give you some additional information for your machine.

It looks like you saw the ismacs page that tells about Minnesota machines for Sears.

It looks like maybe the manual in post #7 of https://www.quiltingboard.com/vintag...e-t234005.html may be helpful.


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Welcome to the QB from SE Michigan! There are so many people who can help you out in the Vintage & Antique group that you will get some of the best advice. I am not the one however to advise you. I only dabble in Vintage and Antique machines and have a small collections of machines. I am sure that some of them will jump in on this thread which I will be following. Again thanks for becoming one of us at the QB.
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I have a Franklin, Sears clone of a Singer 27, which was manufactured by either White or Domestic according to ismacs.net, and I have used Singer 27 parts on it: shuttle, needle, bobbins, and tension parts.
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Welcome from South Lousiana!
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Old 04-13-2021, 02:49 PM
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Originally Posted by JoeJr View Post
I have a Franklin, Sears clone of a Singer 27, which was manufactured by either White or Domestic according to ismacs.net, and I have used Singer 27 parts on it: shuttle, needle, bobbins, and tension parts.
Thanks, Joe! From what I gathered off ISMACS, mine was built by Davis between 1910-1912 (IIRC). It looks so much like a Singer (minus the weight) that I had to ask.

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Originally Posted by juliasb View Post
Welcome to the QB from SE Michigan! There are so many people who can help you out in the Vintage & Antique group that you will get some of the best advice. I am not the one however to advise you. I only dabble in Vintage and Antique machines and have a small collections of machines. I am sure that some of them will jump in on this thread which I will be following. Again thanks for becoming one of us at the QB.
I sincerely love the idea of quilting, I have family deep in the trenches of quilt making, but I can barely sew by hand, much less by machine. So I'll stick with fixing up machines instead.

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Originally Posted by Barb in Louisiana View Post
Welcome from South Lousiana!
And hello from New Jersey! Since yours is the smallest message, I'll try to add pictures to this reply.

The machine is beautiful. I wish I could say the same for the cabinet and treadle.
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That cabinet does look like it's had a hard life!
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Take a crack at fixing the table. Wood can be glued and nailed, and metal (to a lesser extent) can be fixed also; I have used JB Weld and other 2 part epoxies along with wire to act as rebar. I also use Howard Restore-A-Finish on the wood and have been very happy with the results.

If you don't want to tackle that table you can look for an "empty" Singer treadle table, it is likely that your machine will drop right in.

Once you start working on these machines, it's tough to stop...be warned!
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